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by Mark Zalewski
March 24, 2017
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Tour de France organisers Amaury Sport Organisation announced Thursday it will stage a race in China this fall with the Shanghai critérium in October.
“There is growing interest in cycling in China. We want to help develop the sport,” Jean-Etienne Amaury, president of Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), told the AFP news agency. “If there are Chinese teams, there will also be interest from Chinese sponsors.”
ASO said the race will feature a peloton of 60 riders, bringing together the leaders of elite teams and a selection of professional Chinese cyclists in a criterium on a 3-kilometre circuit.
“Designed in part on the sites of the 2010 Universal Exhibition and the China Art Museum, the Tour de France China Critérium will take place among the prestigious sites in Shanghai.”
This comes as cycling is looking to reestablish itself in the Chinese market after losing multiple events. The UCI and Wanda Sports group signed a partnership agreement to expand cycling, including The Tour of Guangxi. be a six-day stage race to also be held in October.
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